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Ex-deputy sheriff pleads not guilty to providing false information to get no-knock warrant

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ATLANTA — A former Habersham County deputy sheriff has pleaded not guilty to providing false information to get a warrant that led to a botched raid that left a toddler critically injured.

Attorney Jeff Brickman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Tuesday (http://on-ajc.com/1Mt9L2u ) that Nikki Autry never intentionally misled the judge who signed a no-knock warrant that led to a member of a task force throwing a flash grenade into a home.

Authorities have said 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh (BOON'-kahm fohn-SAH'-vahn) was critically injured when the device landed in his playpen.

Prosecutors have accused Autry of using inaccurate information from the roommate of an informant and telling a judge in an affidavit that the information used to get the warrant came from a trusted source. A grand jury called the investigation hurried and sloppy.


Information from: The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, http://www.ajc.com

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